Up for sale, a 2005 Fender American Vintage '52 Telecaster in exceptional, 100% original condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original tweed G&G hardshell case, hangtags, case candy, and COA. One of the most popular (and now discontinued) USA-made Fender reissues, the American Vintage '52 Telecaster has a transparent Butterscotch nitro lacquer finish over an ash body, paired with a one-piece maple neck.
At 7lbs 15oz, this Tele has a distinctive natural heft and rich sustain, chiming with the best and delivering the sinewy snap and chewy twang that put Fender on the map seven decades ago. We've had this Tele professionally setup and dialed in to perfection here at our shop, Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar, with fresh 10-46 strings and low action.
The maple neck splits the difference between a U shape and very soft V at the nut, with additional shoulder further up the fretboard, measuring .915" deep at the 1st fret and .955" at the 12th. The maple fretboard has a vintage-spec 7 1/4" radius and the original slender frets retain their full factory height and well-rounded crowns, showing only light wear beneath the plain strings on the crowns of frets 1-4. The guitar plays cleanly in every register up the 25 1/2" scale with a straight neck and responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod. The nut measures 1.650" in width, and on the headstock, the original Kluson-style tuning machines turn smoothly and hold pitch as they should. On the neck heel and in the pocket, all of the factory stamps are present, with date stamps spanning April-May '05.
All of the electronics work as they should, with Fender's Broadcaster-style flat pole bridge pickup and vintage-spec three-way pickup selector wiring (Bridge/Neck/Neck+dark cap). The original chrome control plate, domed knobs, and neck plate are positively gleaming, and even the original "ashtray" bridge cover is included to cap the serialized bridge base which has its trio of brass saddles. This guitar used all flathead mounting screws to match vintage spec too.
The Butterscotch finish has good transparency, highlighting the grain of the ash body, and cosmetic wear is limited to a few small dings and light finish scratches on the body as a whole, largely relegated to the back. The gloss on the neck profile is nigh-flawless, with just a hint of palm wear through the finish on the treble-side fretboard edge at the 1st fret.
The original Fender G&G tweed hardshell case with orange interior is included, along with all hangtags and factory paperwork, and the uncommon serialized and dated COA.